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Amateur Baseball: Angels' bats outmatch Mudhens

Miesville's Charles Bruchu gets caught in a pickle with the Minneapolis Angels' infielders during the third inning of Wednesday's game at Jack Ruhr Field in Miesville. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

MIESVILLE – It seemed like any time the Minneapolis Angels got in trouble Wednesday, they fixed that routinely with one swing of the bat.

Playing Miesville on Wednesday at Jack Ruhr Park, the Angels cracked three home runs, including a pair from Mike Carrell, on the way to a 10-4 victory. 

“I would be out in the field and they hit a couple of balls really hard, and they kept going and going,” Mudhens left fielder Colin Keefe said. “When they can change the game with one swing of the bat, it’s a little demoralizing.”

Minneapolis’ bats weren’t hurting Miesville at first, it was actually the Mudhens’ struggles in the field. With a pair of fielding errors in the third inning, the Angels were able to tack on three runs. Miesville was able to cut the deficit to two runs with an RBI single by Tyler Beaulieu. 

But any momentum the Mudhens regained in the bottom of the third quickly went away when Carrell hit his first round-tripper, a three-run homer in the top of the fourth. 

“They can really hit, and everyone in their lineup can hit,” said Mudhens center fielder/manager Matt Van Der Bosch. 

Then in the sixth, Carrell went deep again with a solo home run that put Minneapolis up 7-1. Then with the game out of reach in the ninth, leadoff batter Brady Johnson belted a two-run homer to put the Angels in double digits.

The bulk of the Mudhens’ offense came late in the game by Keefe, who hit consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh and ninth innings. 

“After going 0-for-3 by that point, I was just looking for fastballs,” Keefe said. “With them having the lead late in the game, I knew they would try and get ahead early in the count.”

Miesville also got a strong game from Spencer Merle, who finished 3-for-3. Charles Bruchu scored a pair of runs in the loss.

“It’s nice to see Spencer get going,” Van Der Bosch said. “After a slow start, hopefully he settles down and can keep it up.

Van Der Bosch continued, “We’ve had a lot of turnover this year with a lot of the older players retiring, so hopefully the young guys can get going.”

Miesville is back at home Friday against Randolph before capping off the weekend with a road game at Cannon Falls.